Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Parkinson Speech program

An SLHS faculty members leads participants through voice exercises in the middle of a room. There are participants at tables that form a circle around the faculty member.

Thanks to a grant provided by the Parkinson Voice Project, the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is now offering an evidence-based treatment protocol called SPEAK OUT!®. This two-part therapy approach has been proven to increase the strength of the voices of individuals with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease and emphasizes the maintenance of improved voicing over time. These therapy services will be provided by trained graduate students and our licensed speech-language pathology clinical faculty. Adults with a primary diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease or Parkinson’s Plus are the primary candidates for this program. If you are not sure whether you qualify, please contact us so we can discuss your specific situation.

Individual SPEAK OUT!® sessions are held for 45-minutes twice per week for the first 6 weeks; then participants transition to a large group maintenance program, which meets once per week. SPEAK OUT!® Refreshers will be recommended as-needed. Individual therapy sessions are held either at Lewis Hall or virtually, and all group therapy sessions are held virtually. Parking passes are provided to all participants. There is no cost to participate in this program.

Faculty, students and staff actively follow the University of Missouri’s nondiscrimination policy.

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